Archived comments 2010: January to June

To keep the home page under control, I am archiving comments here.

January 2010

Michael wrote:

Thank you Ruth. Over the last several months, as I travel monthly between Seattle and Detroit, I have passed the time by listening to Flatland, A House to Let, Mental Efficiency, and am currently listening to After London. When I find a good reader on Librivox, I tend to follow their work, and you are one of the few I know I can always expect to be pleased by.

I replied:

Thank you! My recordings are somewhat eclectic, I know. I am always interested in recording unusual and lesser-known works, and hope to read more of Richard Jefferies in particular.

Marla wrote:

Ruth: I am listening to Flatland through the CraftLit blog and wanted to tell you how much I’m enjoying your reading. Your voice and enunciation are perfect. Thank you for making this book so interesting.

I replied:

Thank you, Marla, for your comments and also for introducing me to the CraftLit blog. Fascinating! I can see how listening and crafting can be such complementary pursuits.

Nick wrote:

I just wanted to thank you for your recording of Wuthering Heights. It was just as professionally done as any of the expensive audio books that I’ve heard. You are an ideal to which the rest of Librivox should aspire, Ruth Golding!

I replied:

Thank you for taking the trouble to post, Nick. :) My recording and editing methods are not of the speediest, but it’s really good to know that the extra time spent is appreciated by listeners.

February 2010

rainycamp wrote:

Ruth,
I just finished listening to D.H. Lawrence’s “Women In Love.” Lawrence is not my cup of tea, but your reading made it bearable, even something to look forward to. I hope to hear many more of your readings.

I replied:

I quite understand your feelings about Lawrence. I found myself very ambivalent about his characters, but became very engrossed in them. I am glad you found it worth the listen.

Wayne wrote:

Ruth, I am listening to After London. I am a long time fan of post-apocalyptic fiction but I was unaware of this early example. The writing and your reading are beautiful. I would love to hear you read some of Mary Shelly and some vintage science fiction. Librivox is such a cool organization. Wayne

I replied:

I loved After London. It is a one-off of Jefferies’ unfortunately; he died two years after it was published. I have on my ‘to do’ list News from Nowhere by William Morris, but I hadn’t considered doing any Mary Shelley. I am determined one day to do some H.G. Wells, the more the better, but I have a long wait for his work to enter the public domain for me.

And I certainly agree with you – LibriVox is brilliant and deserves to be better known.

Abe wrote:

I just finished listening to your rendition of Wuthering Heights and listened to Flatland a few months ago. We, all of us here, know what a wonderful reader you are: “The following paragraph makes reference to an accompanying diagram” is almost musical now. My only criticism: the voices of the young ladies in Wuthering Heights were annoying at times.Thank you and please keep it up.

~Abe

I replied:

Ah, they were very annoying young ladies. :D Seriously, though, I find young women hardest to read, and to try to differentiate between. I am getting on a bit, you know. ;) Will try harder.

Neddy wrote:

I listened to your narrration of “The British Barbarians.” It was a masterful performance.

I replied:

Thank you, Neddy. It was a curious book… I am still not sure if it lived up to my expectations, but Grant Allen usually has some intriguing ideas (except for his pot-boilers).

Flavia wrote:

Your voice and intonation are amazing. I’m listening to Flatland and I already want to listen to everything you recorded.

I’d really want to thank you.

I replied:

Why, thank you! :D It is lovely to know that people are enjoying my recordings.

March 2010

Michael Fromm wrote:

Having read Wuthering Heights several times over the years both in English an in its German translation, your recording added for me some extra insight into some of my favourite characters (namely Catherine).
Thanks a lot!
Greetings from Frankfurt, Germany

I replied:

Thank you, Michael. I find it quite a daunting responsibility putting my own interpretation of such much-loved and much-studied works out there for all the world to see. The more I do it, the more scary it gets. ;)

Tim wrote:

I am listening to Women in Love right now. Wonderful job. I really like the way you change your voice when each character is speaking. It really does add a special touch and “layer” to the recording. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on readings but with the way you do it, it makes it easier to follow the dialog. The fact that you take the time and put in the effort to record these longer works is certainly appreciated and valued. Especially an author like DH Lawrence who can tend to go on and on. Thank you very very much. Tim in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

I replied:

Thank you, Tim. :) I must admit, Women in Love was quite a challenge, but I really missed it when I finished it. I cannot resist voicing the characters as they sound in my head. Occasionally the author throws in a description of a character’s voice late in the book, but fortunately so far they have corresponded with my own imagination. One day I will get caught out.

Don wrote:

Ruth you are high on a pedestal along with Andy Minter and Elizabeth Klett (and doubtless many others unknown to me as yet). In 4 words: You Are Absolutely Brilliant — and it is indeed generous of you to be reading for LibriVox rather than doing this as a money spinner. It is perhaps a tad clannish to prefer to listen to readers who talk English the way I do but it makes for a smoother listening pleasure!
Failing vision (due to being past my prime :( ) led me recently into the world of audio books via reading Gutenberg Books in “large print” on a mini-notepad in bed and then via turning e-books into MP3 speech using text-to-talk software. I am indeed excited to know that I can still indulge my lifetime 3-book-a-week habit and especially feel very privileged to have you read to me. I really want to listen to everything you have ever recorded. A big thank you Ruth from Donncha in Sussex.

I replied:

Thank you, Don, for taking the trouble to find me here. I think it is quite understandable that we are most comfortable listening to accents with which we are familiar. There are some absolutely excellent non-British readers, though. (By the way, I bet you never guessed that Elizabeth is American. ;) )

What I’ll do is make a page here soon with some of my favourite British LibriVox readers. There are quite a lot of us now. :)

Jamie Vess wrote:

Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me. I was introduced to you through my listening of Les Miserables, and I beg you to return and contribute to the fifth book. I am currently listening to your rendering of Wuthering Heights. Again, thank you, for all that you have shared and loved.

I replied:

Thank you Jamie. I am pretty tied up with solo recordings at the moment. I do like to get my teeth into a book, and sometimes find it a bit frustrating just to do a chapter here and there. I will see what I can do. :)

Katsuyuki YANO wrote:

Dear Ruth,
In Merry Clappum Junction and How to Sing, you have demonstrated your superb flair for music, besides being an excellent story teller. In the past years, I have been playing shaku-hachi bamboo flute, a wind instrument that requires abdominal breathing. I have benefited greatly from your reading. I have just downloaded The Riddle of the Purple Emperor and I look forward to listening to your voice. Thank you very much. Katsuyuki (Nishinomiyashi, Japan)

I replied:

I am really delighted that you have found How to Sing so useful, Katsuyuki! Having sung myself (in a very mediocre fashion) for many years I wish I had found this book before I developed so many bad habits which it may now be too late to remedy. However, I definitely found it of great value even in my speech recordings. I hope you enjoy The Riddle of the Purple Emperor. It was great fun to record. :)

Katsuyuki responded:

Dear Ruth-san,
Since writing you last, I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to your reading of The Riddle of the Purple Emperor and After London both of which are rendered in an impeccable professional manner. The abrupt ending of After London has somewhat puzzled me, though. Your soothing melodious voice is so comfortable to my old ears that occasionally I find myself unwittingly dozing much against my wishes! So I find it best to listen while I stroll in the nearby forest among the chirping birds with the help of a small pocketable MP3 player.
Your readings have reminded me of my visit to Limpsfield, Surrey at East Cottage, where I was received by an old couple way back in 1965. I lived in London for a year then working for a British firm as a trainee. Through bus windows, the picturesque winding and rolling hills dotted by a herd of cows and oast-houses greeted my eyes. I was taken to a small time-honoured pub called Spotted Dog for a pint of bitter in the afternoon. I also visited The Jane Austin’s House Museum at Chawton, then, thanks to the old English couple. On and off since then, I have made a dozen trips to U.K. mainly on business visiting several parts of U.K., including Trip to Jerusalem Pub and Sherwood Forest in Nottingham, Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire as well as Lowestoft in Suffolk, which is closest geographically to Japan.
The other day, during the housecleaning, I bumped in to This England: A Book of the Shires and Counties (Second Edition published in 1937) by William Sydney Shears , Author of The King: The Story and Splendour of British Monarchy . This book was purchased secondhand in my first visit to London.

It has occurred to me that the copyright for this book has probably expired, since the birth year of the author is 1896. If so, it would be nice if you could give a quick perusal of the book to see if you would like to put it on the Librivox. I wonder if you have a copy of or ready access to the book This England. If you don’t, I could send you by https://www.yousendit.com/ the entire 702 pages book (compressed into 57MB in total) in a Portable Document Format with text formatted into PDF, which I have created for my private use. I have no doubt that Librivox contributors would be helpful to check the copyright issue.
I have always found it a great privilege to “read through ears” of books placed on the web by Librivox contributors, in particular, by you.
May I hear from you at your convenience?
Sincerely,
Katsuyuki

… and I replied:

Hello again, Katsuyuki :)

I am glad you have been enjoying my recordings. Yes, I was so disconcerted by the abrupt ending of After London, that I searched out a copy of the book to make sure a chapter was not missing in the online text, but it was indeed complete. I sometimes wonder if he intended to write a sequel – he died only 2 years after it was published..

By the way, I quite understand you falling asleep while listening. I have done it myself, while proof-listening my recordings! :lol:

I am fascinated to see that Lowestoft is closest geographically to Japan!

Regarding William Shears’ book, I’m afraid that it is not in the Public Domain. For me, copyright extends to 70 years after the author’s death, and it is also still under copyright in the USA where Librivox files are hosted.

Ruth

Katsuyuki wrote:

Dear Ruth-san,
Thank you for having responded so soon to my query, although it is rather disappointing to learn that “This England” is not yet in the public domain. Nevertheless, should you wish to receive a pdf copy of the book, please let me know. Incidentally, please excuse me for the spelling error in my last message to you as I now belatedly find that I should have spelt “Jane AustEn’s” instead of “Jane AustIn’s”.
Katsuyuki

I answered:

Thank you, Katsuyuki. It is available in my local library – I will borrow it and read it. :) Don’t worry about typing mistakes – we all make them!

miekebrak wrote:

Dear Ruth,
Thank you for the tip, I liked The Magic World of Nesbitt very much, especially ‘The cathood of Maurice’. In Holland she is not so very famous, but I read in a book about C.S. Lewis that he was much inspired by her. I can understand that very well.
Also I listened to ’1602′ (or 1620?) of Mark Twain. It must have been great fun to read this together (or was it mixed afterwards?) but I don’t know what to make of this book… What did he want to write it for?
Greetings, Mieke

I replied:

1601 was a very weird thing – I can’t say I liked it much. ;) It was all recorded in individual sections and edited together afterwards, as nearly all our dramatic works are.

Ann S wrote:

I loved your After London too Ruthie!
~Ann

I replied:

Thank you!

mirendou wrote:

l so much enjoy the sound of your voice in the books l have read with your input. I have 2 or 3 books that are available to be read which have as yet not been done as far as i can see but would l will send via email as l would prefer you too read them first and if l put them on l think they would be snapped up
Regards
Mirendou also a reader when find the way too upload lol

I replied:

Regrettably, folks, I am currently unable to record owing to a bit of a dental disaster. I do hope that I will soon be able to overcome the problems. Mirendou – let me know by Private Message on the LibriVox forum (RuthieG). I have several solos to finish when I can, and a great list of things I would love to record, but I’m always interested in new suggestions. :)

Mustafa Oguz wrote:

Amazing!
I’m not telling you which book I’ve listened
Simply I’ve listenen to you.
Regret! I discovered you so late.

mustoguz

I replied:

It’s never too late! :) Thank you, mustoguz.

May 2010

Rebecca wrote:

Dear Ruth,

I’ve been listening to your version of Wuthering Heights. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. I loved the echo of Cathy’s voice when she grabs Mr. Lockwood’s hand, and all the distinct voices. Thank you for all the hours of entertainment. It is greatly appreciated.

Rebecca

I replied:

Thank you, Rebecca! It was a challenge, and I am glad so many people are enjoying it.

Mustafa Oguz wrote:

I admire you.

Your reading talent is commonly acknowledged.
Allright, put it aside.

How about your energy, your dedication. You joined in mid 2008 and gave us about 150 ours of readings gift. Still many to follow. We listen a book, say five ours long. What about underlying works, how many ours, days, nights.

I read the preparatory communications for French Self-Taught. Unimaginable scrutiny.

You put your everlasting signature to human culture.

I replied:

I am very touched by your post, Mustafa. It is gratifying to know that you appreciate the work that goes into making my recordings. You are right, of course. There is a ratio of probably 4-6 hours work to every finished hour of recording. I won’t say that it is always a pleasure, ;) but it is worth it to produce something that I can be proud of.

I am very pleased to report that I am now recording again after my tooth problems, and should soon be back on course with my solo recordings, which I had to put on hold until my speech returned to normal. :)

Melissa wrote:

Thank you so much for reading Wuthering Heights! I’ve had three long days of yard work and it has never been so fun! I am in awe of your talent and your willingness to share it through Librivox. Thank you!!!

I replied:

So glad you enjoyed it, Melissa. :)

George C wrote:

Ruth, thank you!

I replied:

Thank you, George, for dropping by. :)

June 2010

Rosemary wrote:

I’m currently listening to The Man of the Forty Faces and really enjoying it. Thanks :)

Mario wrote:

I just finished listening to your wonderful rendition of Wuthering Heights. I retained so much more of the book than I would have on my own because I could picture the characters so well thanks to the voices you gave them. This is such a challenging book to get through but was made very enjoyable by you. Thank you very much for taking the time to record it, and I look forward to more recordings by you.

(BTW, I can do a British accent now after listening to you, so that was a nice bonus! :D )

I replied:

It was certainly a challenge to record, Mario, but the responses I am getting suggest that it was worth it. :)

Katsuyuki YANO wrote:

My First Book I have been listening since June 7 includes my favourite authors, particularly, Jerome K. Jerome. Prompted by his “Three Men in a Boat”, I took the guided boat tour from the White Tower to Windsor Castle a couple of times back in 1965 and 1986. I very much enjoy your usual clear cut enunciation which is easy to comprehend even to foreign ears such as mine. Again, I wish to thank you for your great contribution to the worthy cause, which, doubtless must take up much of your precious time. Keep it up! It gives me such a great pleasure to be able to listen to your excellent readings from one day to another. ky

I replied:

My First Book was certainly a fascinating book. I hope that many listeners discover it. I loved recording it – it was just like a fireside chat with these much-loved writers. And yes, Jerome K. Jerome is one of my favourites too, but I found that this book has introduced me to quite a number of authors whom I would never have thought of recording. Israel Zangwill, in particular, intrigues me.

That reminds me – I must update the listings of my recordings here. So much to do – never enough time. :)

Sean S. wrote:

Hello Ruth
I’ve really enjoyed listening to your recording of Richard Jeffries – After London. When Felix begins his long journey back to Lady Aurora, I honestly thought the reading had been cut short? So, after much head scratching later, I realized that’s it! We’ll never know if he made it all the back home? I guess we all have different views, as to how it all might have turned out? Felix is a guy after my own heart, and as the story unfolds, he matures and grows up fast, passing on his way through many wild lands, and meeting so many kinds of people, who mostly seem to be clinging on, in a World gone mad and dangerous. As he strides off into the sun set, I think he would have made it all the way back home, but Lady Aurora would have been long married off! Poor old Felix; maybe that’s the point Jeffries was making? Sometimes it’s best to move on, rather than hankering after what you can never have or be part of again? I can imagine the poor guy, having to fell yet another tree, for yet more canoe making etc. I’d bet Oliver would be rolling his eyes but also rolling up his sleves, getting his little brother’s next ship ready, for the long and difficult voyage back to the shepherds, made all the more painfull, with no Lady Aurora by his side. It would have been interesting finding out how Alex would have knocked his new kingdom into shape and how all of his plans and ideas would have unfolded? Thanks again Ruth for a great reading, and making the story come alive!

I replied:

Ah yes. After London will always be one of my favourites. I got very attached to Felix. I do wonder if Richard Jefferies meant to write a sequel one day, but died too soon.

Wren wrote:

Thank you for your contributions to LibriVox.

I’ve been listening to selected stories from the collection of “Children’s Short Works” as a sort of daily relaxation break. Your recordings are notably professional sounding and they bring up fond childhood memories of things like the Marshall Cavendish “Story Teller” partwork series. Do you happen to do voice work professionally?

Thanks again and keep up the fantastic work. ;)

I replied:

No, Wren, I am merely a humble amateur. Nobody has come offering me handfuls of the green stuff. :lol: I do try to ensure that the audio quality of my recordings is as good as I can make it – and it just goes to show what free software and a forty quid mic can achieve.

Ronald Nyabadza wrote:

Hello

I have began reading Madame Bovary and was transfixed with your reading. Well done. Listening to you was delightful.

I replied:

Ah, poor dear Emma. I always felt sorry for Charles myself. ;) Thank you, Ronald. I love people coming to tell me what they have enjoyed. It really makes my day.

Katsuyuki YANO wrote:

Dear Ruth-san
Thank you for your response. Indeed, I find it the same when you state: “but I found that this book has introduced me to quite a number of authors whom I would never have thought of recording.”

“East by West: a Journey in the Recess, Vol. I” that you have just uploaded appears to include the account of Lucy’s travel to America and to Japan, and so does Vol.2, which you consider recording later. As always, I look forward to listening to your recording. I wish to give you a pat on the back for your unsparing, consistent efforts towards reaching the LibriVox goal. You, along with other LibriVox contributors, certainly make our universe a nice place to live. “Kotto” by Lafcadio Hearn just released by the readers is another interesting work, where Japanese names and expressions appear in abundance. Perhaps, this is one area I could contribute as a native speaker of Japanese, notwithstanding the fact that my spoken English is a far cry from being impeccable.
Thank you again.
Regards
ky

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